Women's Swimming Heads To Catholic On Friday Night

EVENT: Mount St. Mary's at Catholic
WHEN: Fri, Jan. 25, 2013, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Washington, D.C

opening dive... The Mount women's swimming team will battle Catholic for the first time in program history on Friday night in the nation's capital.

last splash… Duquesne defeated Mount St. Mary's 149-105 on Jan. 12. Cat Coppler paced the Mount with two first-place finishes and a second-place standing on the afternoon. The junior won the 200 free (2:11.05) and the 50 free (28.09) before finishing second in the 100 free (1:00.04). Courtney Griffith won the 100 back (1:08.48) and finished second in the 200 back (2:31.22) and the 100 fly (1:07.36) while Erin Regan placed second in the 200 fly (2:28.05) and the 400 free (4:41.85). Mollie Walsh was second in the 50 free (28.10). With the Dukes exhibitioning the final two events, Amanda Malmstrom won the 200 IM (2:44.55) and Victoria Shaw placed second in the event (2:52.70). Coppler, Walsh, Anne Thelen and Regan teamed up to win the final event in the 400-free relay (4:10.15) while Griffith, Thelen, Walsh and Regan placed second in the 200-medley relay (2:05.00).

next time in the water... The Mount heads to Catholic on Jan. 25 before returning home to host Loyola on Feb. 2.

on necfrontrow.com… The Mount will broadcast the final home meet against Loyola on Feb. 2.

coppler honored… Cat Coppler was named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Swimmer of the Week for the week of Nov. 15-21. It is the junior's second career weekly honor. Coppler was the lone Mount swimmer to win an individual event at the Radford Invitational, and was part of two winning relays on the way to leading Mount St. Mary's to a fourth place team finish. The junior also recorded two second-place finishes, and swam in five finals. Coppler won the 200 back with a time of 2:07.32 and helped the Mount to relay wins in the 200 free (1:37.38) and the 400 free (3:32.41), as well as a new meet record in the 400 free relay after she swam the lead-off leg. She took second in the 200 free in a time of 1:55.48 and the 100 back in 59:52. It marks the third time in program history the Mount has earned NEC Swimmer of the Week honors. Coppler and senior Courtney Griffith took home the award for the first week of the 2010-11 campaign. Griffith was also named the NEC Swimmer of the Week for the week of Nov. 9-15, 2011. Katie Fives was the first Mountaineer to earn recognition from the NEC when she was named NEC Diver of the Week in 2008.

on the horizon for 2013-14… Mount St. Mary's University women's swimming head coach Neil Yost has announced the signings of Allison Baker (Toms River, N.J./Toms River), Amanda Moore (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch) and Hailey Vogt (Paramus, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) to National Letters of Intent. The trio will enroll at the Mount in the fall of 2013. Baker is a four-year letterwinner on the girl's swimming team at Toms River High School. A team captain in her senior year, Baker has been a Meet of Champions qualifier in her first three seasons and was named to the All-Shore first team in her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Baker won the county championship in the 500 free as a junior and helped her team to the county title in 2009 and 2010. Moore is a four-year letterwinner from the Cinco Ranch girl's swimming team in Texas. A team captain as a senior, Moore has named an All-American along with earning spots on the All-State, All-Region and All-District teams in her high school career. She helped her team to the district title in her first three seasons and to the regional crown last year. Vogt is a four-year letterwinner from the Immaculate Heart Academy girl's swimming team in New Jersey. A team captain in her senior campaign, Vogt nabbed All-League and All-County honors in each of her first three seasons. She has also contributed to the team that has won the league, county and state championships in her tenure.

preseason poll… The Mount St. Mary's women's swimming team has been picked fifth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Coaches Poll. Three-time champion Saint Francis (Pa.) picked up five of the seven first-place votes to be tabbed as the preseason favorite. Bryant and Wagner each received a first-place nod to be picked second while Central Connecticut State, the Mount, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Sacred Heart rounded out the seven-team poll.

home pool advantage in 2012-13... Mount St. Mary's will host three events this season, starting against VMI and McDaniel on Oct. 27. The Mount will also host Duquesne on Jan. 12 and Loyola on Feb. 2. The Mount holds a 17-6 mark at home, including a 6-0 record in 2010-11, 4-1 record in 2008-09 and a 3-1 standing in 2007-08.

about the team... Head coach Neil Yost's 2012-13 team is comprised of one senior (Courtney Griffith) and seven juniors (Cat Coppler, Emily Dargay, Jessica Gardner, Nicole Helmick, Victoria Shaw, Mollie Walsh and Patricia Yam) and five sophomores (Rebecca Kasda, Amanda Malmstrom, Catherine Sukovich, Erin Regan, Anne Thelen) and two freshmen (Lenna Castro Marquez and Katie Powell).

record-setting season… Sophomore Erin Regan was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Meet after winning the 200 fly and also finished second in the 100 fly last season. It was the first time a Mount swimmer won an event at the championships and the first major award for the team. Senior Courtney Griffith finished third in the 50 free and the 100 fly to earn a pair of All-NEC third-team selections while senior Patricia Yam nabbed All-NEC third-team honors for her third-place standing in the 200 fly for the second-straight season. The Mount finished the NEC Swimming & Diving Championships with a program-record 348 points.

local product... Senior Courtney Griffith hails from Westminster, Md. A graduate of Westminster High School, the sophomore was a member of the Eagles Club at McDonough High School for four years. The senior became the first player in program history to earn an All-Northeast Conference selection after finishing second in the 100 fly (56.06) in 2011. She also placed fourth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free as a sophomore and was third in the 50 free and 100 fly as a junior..

new to the mountain... Head coach Neil Yost has added three newcomers to his 2012-13 roster. Freshmen Lena Castro Marquez and Katie Powell joined the team this season.

about the coach... Neil Yost, who enters his eighth season, became the first head coach in program history. Yost came to the Mount with nine years of coaching experience. Since 2002, Yost was the men's and women's swimming coach at Waynesboro High School. He also served as the head swimming coach and aquatics director at the Waynesboro Area YMCA. Before coaching at Waynesboro High School he was the aquatics director at the Westport/Weston YMCA from 2001-02. He was also the assistant swimming coach at Bloomsburg University and the head coach at the Central Columbia Aquatics Club for two years after serving as an assistant coach for two years. Yost started his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Central Columbia Aquatics High School from 1996-2000.